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Herbs to attract Butterflies to your Garden

Updated on February 3, 2012

Some of the herbs that attract butterflies

Hyssopus Officinalis
Hyssopus Officinalis
Lycaenidae visiting Lavender.  By Laitche, thank you for sharing it with the public.  A very beautiful picture.
Lycaenidae visiting Lavender. By Laitche, thank you for sharing it with the public. A very beautiful picture.

Attracting butterflies to your garden with herbs

Two of my favorite things having to do with gardening are herbs and butterflies. What better way to get the benefit of both, than to plant some herbs that attract butterflies to your garden? Now is the time to be thinking of it, where I live in the US. Any time of the year though, is a great time to plan ahead for the next spring in your area. I set out to find what herbs best attract butterflies to one's garden. What was really neat, is that some of these will not just attract butterflies, but also sometimes hummingbirds and bees. It's a great way to help our beautiful world.

Consider planting a small garden

By planting even a small scale garden, in pots, you can achieve some great results and help beautify your outdoor living area. Here are some herbs to try planting... I know I will this year. Some of these I have planted in the past, but this year I plan on being a bit more specific. One of the best things to know about herb gardens, is that many herbs grow in relatively poor soil conditions. If you don't think you have a green thumb, that might be a good thing to successfully grow many of these herbs!

Some Herbs that attract butterflies:

Bee Balm


Lavender, one source mentioned English Lavender in particular




Catnip, Catmint



Fennel, Bronze Fennel


Hyssop, Blue Hyssop






Caraway scented Thyme


Winter Savory Mint


There are so many other uses for these herbs

There are many other uses for these herbs as well, but they will at least be a habitat that makes butterflies welcome, and bring beauty to your surroundings. Just brushing past an herb garden, is a very pleasant experience. Enjoying the flowers that often accompany many of these herbs, is an added bonus. That you are helping in the conservation of honey bees and butterflies is another benefit, nevermind having some herbs to cook with in the kitchen!

I can't wait to get mine going again this year. Thank you for stopping by, and if you have anything to add, or comment to, please let me know.

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Would you like to attract butterflies to your garden if you knew how and had the means?

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Freelanceauthor, I really appreciate your visit, vote and comment. Both herbs and butterflies are passionate things to me. I am happy you found it to be informative and useful.

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      freelanceauthor 6 years ago

      Voted up, very useful and informative.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Naturegirl, then we are of like mind in those regards! So glad to find another that likes to grow herbs and attract butterflies at the same time. Glad you dropped by and left a comment. :)

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from South Louisiana

      I enjoy growing herbs and attracting butterflies, too. They go together well. Nice hub.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Phoenix!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub info